Welcome to The Friends Learning Center

Kindergarten Readiness Classes For Preschoolers


Kindergarten Readiness Skills Or "Year Of
Time" Support

The Friends Learning Center program is designed to foster readiness skills to prepare your child with a strong foundation to support their entry into kindergarten. All classes are taught by a certified teacher with a master’s degree in early childhood education. Classes are created to supplement your child’s current preschool or homeschooling program. Our purpose is to support preschoolers that could benefit from smaller group individualized instruction as well as additional support to solidify the skills they are  learning in their preschool programs. Contact Us to schedule your tour to learn about our center and classes.


Learn By Doing Classes


We offer two hour classes, and have a limit of five students per class, allowing individualized attention for each student in the class. Our classes are all creative, instructional, interactive, and incorporate hands-on learning. Best part is our classes are FUN! All our hands-on classes are a “learn by doing” environment, meaning your child will gain new skills by doing, and engaging with, the targeted subject. Studies have supported that hands-on learning provides many positive outcomes such as strong student engagement, increased content retention, and improved problem solving and critical thinking skills.  We will foster skills such as letter identification, letter sounds, early literacy skills, phonemic awareness, number identification, counting, attending skills, self regulation, problem solving and following classroom routines and expectations. 


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The Friends Learning Center offers three semesters throughout the school year: Fall, Winter, and Spring. There are many benefits to semester based instruction. It allows for the individualization of instruction for each student and their academic needs. Classes utilize a hierarchy approach fostering the retention of skills and mastery of the targeted information. We feel that drop in classes do not provide the individualization and mastery of skills that our classes aim to provide our students as they prepare for kindergarten. 


We offer a flexible commitment and 100% satisfaction enrollment policy.  

If you should decide our classes are not the best fit for your child at anytime, we are happy to refund any remaining classes in that 



Meet Our
Founder & Director


I am so excited to introduce you to The Friends Learning Center. Before sharing with you all that the center has to offer, I want to tell you a little bit about myself. After receiving my master’s degree in special education from CW Post University on Long Island over 20 years ago, I spent many years teaching in the early childhood field. I have worked in various preschools in New York and Connecticut with students aged 2-7 years old. But my favorite age group to teach has always been pre-k students. In the early years of my career, I taught an inclusion preschool class as well as provided Birth To Three services to many children in the New York area. I then went on to teach “year of extra time” classes for preschoolers preparing to enter kindergarten at a local preschool in the Farmington Valley. It was here that I found my true passion and where I knew I am meant to be teaching.  I love working with and supporting preschoolers as they begin their journey to kindergarten. It is the reason I wanted to open The Friends Learning Center in Avon.

Nowadays, I am a mom to two teenage girls who inspire me every day.  In fact, my experiences as a mom played a part in my decision to open The Friends Learning Center. I have been exactly where you are today - my girls were once just like your little ones.  I know the challenges and struggles of wanting your child to be prepared for kindergarten socially, emotionally, and academically.  And for all these reasons, both as a mom and an early childhood educator, I am so excited to help meet the needs of preschoolers and their families in the Farmington Valley.

My vision for The Friends Learning Center is to provide a nurturing environment in which my students are learning and engaging but also having FUN. I want my students to LOVE coming to our learning center just as much as I LOVE seeing them come into my classroom. I would love to give you a tour of our center to show you our classroom, learn about our classes, and to meet you!


Hope to see you soon.


Your Friend, 

Mrs. Faust



The Friends Learning Center understands that choosing programs and activities for your preschooler is often a big decision. We are confident that our classes will be a great fit for your child’s preschool years. Therefore, we want to answer any questions that you may have about The Friends Learning Center. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions parents ask about us. Please reach out to us with any additional questions you may have about our program. The Friends Learning Center is here to support you in choosing the best program and classes for your preschooler.


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(860) 534-0894

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